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This is a text book that studies social security systems in Latin America (pensions, health care, social assistence, unemployment compensation, family allowances) comparing them with abundant use of statistics, legal data and economic analysis. It ends with recommendations to improve such systems
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Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and has been a visiting professor, researcher or lecturer in 40 countries. He is the author of 82 books and 275 articles/chapters published in seven languages in 34 countries; his most recent is Reassembling Social Security: A Survey of Pension and Healthcare Reforms in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2008). He has worked in all Latin American countries and several in the Caribbean, as well as in Germany, Egypt, Ghana, Philippines and Thailand, as a regional advisor for ECLAC, a consultant with the ILO, the International Social Security Association, PAHO, UNRISD, UNDP, and other U.N. branches, as well as most international financial organizations (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), and national and foreign foundations. A former President of the Latin American Studies Association, he has been awarded: the inaugural ILO International Prize on Decent Work (shared with Nelson Mandela), the Alexander Von Humbolt Stiftung Senior Prize and collaborative research grants, two Fulbright Senior Awards, Arthur Whitaker and Hoover Institution Prizes, University of Pittsburgh Senior Research Prize, Annual Recognition from the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, homage from OISS and CISS (for life work on social security), homage from the Institute of Cuban Studies and journal Encuentro (for life work on Cuba), and finalist in Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize on Social Sciences. He is a Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of editorial boards of seven academic journals. Choice have selected several of his books as "outstanding."
Dr. Fabio Bertranou is Senior Social Security Specialist at the International Labor Office branch in Buenos Aires, and the authors of many books and articles on social security in Latin America.
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